Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, July 9, 2018.

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MEDICAL CENTER NURSES

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Representatives of 1,800 unionized nurses from Vermont's largest medical center are planning more face-to-face meetings with hospital administrators in hopes of averting a two-day strike planned for later this week. The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals say negotiating sessions are planned for both Monday and Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

HEAT DEATHS: The Vermont Health Department says a fourth person has died in connection with last week's heat wave.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE USE: Vermont is investigating how to eliminate barriers to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in hopes of further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

MISSING MONEY: The Vermont state treasurer's office says the state has returned more than 17,600 unclaimed assets worth $6.7 million to their rightful owners.

PASTOR PULLS GUN: Police in Vermont say a pastor armed with a handgun attempted to stop a burglar fleeing from his church.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices haven't moved much in northern New England.

STATEHOUSE STATUE REMOVAL: Vermont officials have approved a final design for the replacement statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, which has stood atop the Vermont Statehouse for more than 150 years.

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